Chris Lighty Dead At Age 44 From Apparent Suicide

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Hip-hop mogul Chris Lighty died Thursday morning after apparently shooting himself in the head in his Bronx apartment, sources told the Daily News. Lighty, 44 — a longtime manager of 50 Cent, Diddy, Ja Rule and Mariah Carey — was found dead inside his South Riverdale apartment about 11:30 a.m., police sources said. It appeared he died from a bullet to his head, sources said. A gun was recovered next to his body. Law enforcement sources said Lighty — who divorced his wife, Veronica, last year — may have been dealing with financial struggles, including owing about $5 million to the IRS. Musicians began Tweeting about Lighty soon after news of his death spread. “R.I.P. Chris Lighty,” posted Fat Joe on his Twitter account. “That man saved my life.”

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